Changed from Glory into Glory
A Sermon on Romans 6:20-21
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. (ESV)
Why should we live a holy and righteous life? Paul is giving an argument and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones encourages us to reason it through. In Romans 6:20-21, Paul reminds us what our state and condition was in our old life. We used to be slaves to sin, and since we cannot serve two masters, we were not yet slaves to righteousness. The Doctor points out there are some people in this world that act moral but are not true Christians. The other man is governed by self and a Christian is governed by righteousness. Those who are slaves of sin and not of righteousness lead a fruitless and shameful life. The Doctor encourages us to ask ourselves three questions to test if something is from our old life or our new life in Christ: Does it give satisfaction to my mind and heart? Does it help me grow in fruit and knowledge? Does it help me lay in store for the future? If you answered no to any of these questions, then that lifestyle may be leading you down a path to eternal separation from God.